ottobre 30th, 2006 by Ludus
New King Features Syndicated Comic Strip Debuts November 2006
(New York â€“ Nov. 1, 2006) Take a pinch of science, a drop of politics, a grain of absurdity and newspaper readers will almost always get THE BRILLIANT MIND OF EDISON LEE, an intelligent left-leaning comic strip that masterfully mixes social commentary and humor. Created by cartoonist John Hambrock and syndicated by King Features, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee launches in newspapers worldwide on Nov. 12, 2006.
The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee centers on Edison Lee, an atypical 10-year-old boy genius, who along with his parents, grandfather and talking lab rat, comment on current political, economic and social concerns facing Americans today. The inquisitive, young Edison likes to take various, ordinary topics and add his own unique perspectives to them, often using zany, elaborate inventions to help illustrate his thoughts.
The humor of The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee revolves around Edisonâ€™s precocious observations and interactions with his multi-generational, middle-class family who foster his intellectual curiosity and growth. The supporting cast of characters includes:
â€¢ Don Lee, Edisonâ€™s father, is extremely proud of his sonâ€™s unusual gifts. He works hard to instill in Edison his same hardworking, middle-class American values.
â€¢ Carol Lee, an educator, is Edisonâ€™s mother. She is the politically correct member of the family and the juggler of the familyâ€™s day-to-day needs.
â€¢ Orville Lee, Edisonâ€™s paternal grandfather, spends his day fussing over his medications and complaining about his latest doctorâ€™s visit.
â€¢ Joules is Edisonâ€™s delightfully naive laboratory assistant. His only knowledge of the outside world is filtered through Edisonâ€™s sociopolitical perspective.
â€œJohnâ€™s artwork is clearly very good, but upon further examination, it is his writing that makes him stand out. He has the ability to write social and political commentary in a disarming way, and neatly package it with the right amount of levity and humor,â€? said King Features associate editor Brendan Burford.
Originally inspired by his two young â€œbrainiacâ€? sons, Hambrock admits that Edison has subconsciously evolved into his own alter ego. â€œHis young age and innocence allow me to present social and political commentary in a completely innocuous way,â€? explains Hambrock. â€œThe strip addresses issues and topics that straddle the political spectrum, but it does so through the voice of a very likable child, which makes what he is saying a little less offensive and more digestible to readers.
â€œI created this strip purposefully with a little something for everyone,â€? said Hambrock. â€œReaders may not always agree with Edisonâ€™s particular viewpoints on issues, but Iâ€™m hoping that he will at least get them to think for a minute and laugh.â€?
Newspaper readers can read The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee in the Kenosha News, Capital Times, Rocky Mountain News and Detroit Free Press starting on Nov. 12, 2006.
About John Hambrock
John Hambrock was born and grew up in Ft. Wayne, Ind. As a boy, he displayed a unique talent for art, receiving numerous awards for his artistic achievements. He continued his education at Indiana University, and later, at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., graduating with a degree in graphic design.
In 1985, within months of completing college, Hambrock was recruited by James Courtenay James, Inc., a small design agency in Chattanooga, Tenn. He loved the South, but he longed for the big city. He moved to Chicago in 1986 and landed a position with the Hirsch Design Group, a well-established Loop advertising and design agency. That same year, he married his wife, Anne, who he met in high school. Years later, Anne would become a driving force in helping him achieve success in his newly emerging cartooning career. After nearly 10 years as an art director with Hirsch, he decided the time was right to start his own agency, In-House Communications. Specializing in industrial advertising, packaging and print design, his client list has grown to include major industrial and retail manufacturers, as well as one of the countryâ€™s leading law firms.
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